2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yasiel Puig
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Yasiel Puig to let fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect from the new Cincinnati Reds outfielder during the 2019 MLB season.
Trying to predict the ever enigmatic Yasiel Puig can be confounding. First, he’s a polarizing personality who could be a lightning rod of attention in Cincinnati. After a terrific breakout in 2013, his fantasy production mirrors his personality, exciting but sort of volatile. Last year, Puig did well in spite of appearing in 125 games with 60 runs, 23 home runs, 63 RBI, 15 stolen bases and a .267/.327/.494 slash line.
Through five years of his career, Puig’s averaging almost 127 games a season. His career-high sits at 152 in 2017. So, one needs to adjust expectations on Puig’s total counting statistics based on prior results. While this could temper his outlook, he’s also heading to Great American Ballpark which ranked first in home runs according to an accompanying article in the draft guide. Intrigued again?
Over the last three years, Puig’s racked up 1,238 at-bats, 177 runs, 62 home runs, 182 RBI, 35 stolen bases and a .264/.333/.489 slash. Within this sample, he owns a...